Westlake Lake: the lake that almost didn’t happen

Some engineers doubted the project would succeed

Of all the amenities that Westlake Village has to offer, none is more cherished than the lake itself. More than 1,300 residents live on its shores. Because of its many inlets, the lake presents more than 8 miles of shoreline, nearly equal to that of Lake Arrowhead, which is much larger in size. It has an average depth of 12 […]

Fire prevention strategies take root

The Woolsey fire sparked numerous conversations about climate change and how human impact has increased the frequency of such devastating wildfires. While there are many ways people can start a wildfire, there are also ways to decrease the odds of that blaze spreading. Wildfires thrive on nonnative plants—species that dry out in the heat and the provide fuel that powers […]

Art imitates life for Calabasas resident and crime author

Book features wildfire ravaging the Santa Monica Mountains—before last year’s blaze

It’s said that life imitates art. Area residents who fled the Woolsey fire a year ago might find that to be true in the case of “Lost Hills,” a detective novel set in Calabasas. The book’s climax, which was written before the blaze swept through the Santa Monica Mountains, features a massive wildfire destroying the same mountains. Author and Calabasas […]



To commemorate Bathen’s 25th we invite you to join our family and celebrate our love for him. We will be dedicating a gold memorial plaque in Bathen’s name, sharing our favorite memories and tell amusing stories. It was well known that Bathen was inspired by all music genre including relishing the Grateful Dead. Art books stocked his shelves including Escher, […]

Halloween’s scary waste can be managed

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the environment

At Halloween, we confront our fears and have fun with spooky sights, but it is also a time of some scary amounts of waste. According to an article in Redbook by Kelly Marages and distributed through the main MSN.com login screen last week, Americans will spend about $3.8 billion on Halloween candy, $3.4 billion on costumes and $370 million “dressing […]


PUPPY PEEP SHOW—These two mesmerized pooches, owned by Jennifer Kirkman, keep a close eye on Sammy the squirrel, who frequents the family’s home on Brookfield Drive in Thousand Oaks. And Sammy’s not the only visitor. Other squirrels come calling as well. “They climb on our screen and chitter at us until we come out with nuts,” Kirkman said. That’s nuts, […]

Climb aboard the San Diego choo-choo

Flying Squirrel

If spending 4½ hours on the freeway to begin a three-day weekend is not your idea of fun, I’m with you. Spending 2½ hours returning that same day makes it even less tolerable. I recently traveled from the Conejo Valley to San Diego for a family function. We needed to be in Miramar on Friday afternoon. Before that, we stopped […]

Letty Archbold

Westlake Village • 3/8/21 – 10/22/18

It has been 1 year since you have been gone, but it seems like it was just yesterday. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure! Letty met her husband Phil in Bermuda in 1952, they married, January 4, 1953 and were married for 55 years when Phil passed away. […]

Halloween event will benefit retired K9s

Tickets are available for the Herman Bennett Foundation’s annual Halloween party fundraiser, happening 4 to 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26 at Studio Channel Islands Arts Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The nonprofit supports military, police and service dogs as well as spay and neuter vouchers, animal rescue groups and no-kill shelters. Funds raised at this year’s Halloween party are earmarked […]

Elvenstar stable produces local stars

Elvenstar, a local horse show and riding stable, says it has experienced a stellar fall showing season, with multiple riders earning national, regional, state and local championships, even though the 2019 show season is not yet over. For almost 40 years, the Moorpark-based stable, under the leadership of Jim Hagman, has been instilling the love of horses and horsemanship skills […]